Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Theaters 4-4-14 by GayleTurner

Ok –  anyone that knows me knows that when it comes to a new action adventure movie, I am ready to go on a moment’s notice. And if that movie just happens to be part of the Marvel comics kingdom, I will sit through it no questions asked without even a kernel of popcorn, although I must admit popcorn makes every movie better. To say that I’m more than a little excited over the upcoming release of Captain America: Winter Soldier” on April 4 goes without saying. I’ll be the first to admit, there may have been a time or two that I might just have run around with a garbage can lid keeping the universe safe from the bad guys but then who hasn’t?  Is there a person around that can possibly not be enamored with this magnificent not quite a super hero, super hero? With his boyish next-door good looks, charm and wit, here is someone that was once considered too frail to enlist in the U.S. Military during World War II, so he did what any young red-blooded patriotic citizen would do -volunteer himself to receive an experimental Super-Soldier Serum. Suddenly enhanced to the pinnacle of human physical potential, Captain America was born-or reborn.

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But as anyone will tell you, behind every successful man, super hero, or not, is a woman showing him the way, even when he may not readily admit it and thus even though her name is not in the title, this latest installment from the brilliant team of Marvel and Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios, the real star of this movie just may be The Black Widow. In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,Steve Rogers, teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. For those that somehow have been living on a deserted island for the last few decades, the Black Widow, once again brilliantly brought to life by Scarlett Johansson, was first introduced to the Marvel audience as a Russian spy and antagonist of Iron Man. Recognizing that good always triumphs over evil, she eventually defected to the United States, and became an agent of the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D as well as a member of the superhero team.

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The official rundown of the movie is this:

After everything that happened in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is trying to adjust to modern life and live quietly in Washington, D.C. But a superhero’s work is never done, and when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Captain America joins forces with the Black Widow and tries to expose the ever-widening conspiracy all while fighting off professional assassins sent to kill him. When the big picture comes into focus, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of Falcon. Soon enough though, they find themselves up against the Winter Soldier.

Check out this latest clip from “Captain America: Winter Soldier”

Will Captain America and The Black Widow, along with The Falcon be able to save the world from The Winter Soldier and annihilation? And is there more than meets the eye between our beloved Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff? Only time will tell. In the meantime join in the conversation with other Captain America and Marvel fans by going to Facebook and Twitter and Like Captain America on Facebook: Captain America Movie and by Following Captain America on Twitter: @CaptainAmerica

See CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER in theaters everywhere on APRIL 4TH! 

 

Gayle is a lifelong educator by day and avid blogger by night and is the owner and cofounder of the Disney Gals, one of the most popular Disney blogs around! Proud mommy to 5, Grammy to 4 she is blessed to share her life with amazing family and friends who encourage her to chase her dreams no matter where they may lead.  When not in the classroom, she can be found following her son as he dances his way through life, or working with young performers in free nationally recognized after school children’s theater program that she founded 13 years ago. On any given day you will find Gayle skipping her way through life with a giggle and a smile knowing that today is meant to be lived and enjoyed. To learn more about Gayle, click here.




“Saving Mr. Banks” Comes to the Place that Started it All – Walt Disney Studios in Burbank

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DISNEY’S “SAVING MR. BANKS” COMES TO THE PLACE THAT STARTED IT ALL —THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS IN BURBANK, CALIFORNIA—

FOR A SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT DECEMBER 13 – 19

BURBANK, CALIF. (November 18, 2013)—Disney announced today that for one week only, guests will have the opportunity to see Disney’s upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, in a state-of-the-art movie theater on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California, and then walk in Walt Disney’s footsteps on a special tour of the famous lot. This limited engagement features one show daily at 7 p.m. from December 13th through December 19th.

Tickets are $50 each and include a reserved seat to watch “Saving Mr. Banks” in the Studio Main Theatre as well as the “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour immediately following the screening, which showcases key locations that were featured in the film. On the tour guests will have photo opportunities with Mickey Mouse as well as Mary Poppins and Bert the Chimney Sweep characters from “Mary Poppins” and will get a chance to see sets from the film, such as Walt Disney’s office and “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers’ home. Guests will also visit the Walt Disney Animation building, where they will get a sense of the art of animation and the history of the Walt Disney Company. Included in the tour is a visit to the Legends Plaza to see the statue of Walt Disney and view the many historical plaques, including Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, and more. Guests will also receive a commemorative 50th Anniversary “Mary Poppins” DVD, a value of $17.99.

To purchase tickets to this limited and exclusive engagement, call 1 (800)DISNEY6 or go to http://movies.disney.com/saving-mr-banks and click on the link on the homepage.

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge.  He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Disney presents “Saving Mr. Banks,” directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Andrew Mason and Troy Lum. The film will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.




Jim Henson and Fraggle Rock are in the House..Your House! By Tania Lamb

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I have a hard time finding good, quality TV programming for my children lately. It seems like shows that are advertised for children are not too family friendly. Sorry, but I’m talking about you Spongebob! So I was so excited to hear that Hulu launched Jim Henson Family TV on Hulu Kids, which features 10 series from the Jim Henson collection, including the beloved and timeless series “Fraggle Rock!”

Jim Henson is best known as the creator of The Muppets, but he was also an amazing puppeteer and created advanced puppets for Fraggle Rock. I remember watching Fraggle Rock on HBO in elementary school (I can’t believe my parents had HBO).  I had an assignment for a debate in 4th grade about whether paying for some cable TV channels was worth it. One of my points was that channels such as HBO were commercial free, so they were attractive to consumers. This was 25 years ago. Now there are so many options with online video services.

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I love Hulu! They offer more Henson family titles than any other video subscription service. Now subscribers of Hulu Plus get commercial free episodes of Fraggle Rock and other favorite Jim Henson characters!

If you don’t subscribe to Hulu Plus, no worries! Five rolling, consecutive episodes of each show will be available on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com. So you’ll still be able to dance your cares away with the Fraggles!

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Here are all the shows available through Jim Henson Family TV on Hulu.
“Fraggle Rock” Four seasons, 96 episodes
Fraggle Rock: Animated” One season, 13 episodes
Mopatop’s Shop” One season, 32 episodes
Jim Henson’s Animal Show With Stinky And Jake” One season, 26 episodes
The Hoobs” One season, 40 episodes
Mother Goose Stories” One season, 13 episodes
Secret Life of Toys” One season, 13 episodes
Wubbulous World Of Dr. Seuss” Two seasons, 40 episodes
Construction Site” Two seasons, 26 episodes
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What are you waiting for? Grab your kids and settle in for a great time and fabulous storytelling down in Fraggle Rock!